1987 SAAB 900 S 16v from North America


Saabs are wonderful cars that will never leave a driver disappointed.


I had to have the engine replaced about one year after I purchased the vehicle due to a minor oil leak. The leak was not a fault of Saab, as the previous owners knew how to take care of a car, but not a Saab. The engine had been mistreated and just needed a little attention, even though "a little attention" cost me about $2500.

General Comments:

This is the perfect first owner vehicle. I would highly recommend a Saab to anyone who is looking for a fun, quick, and responsive car. You need to be a little gear-minded at times, but the benefits are well worth every minute of time spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

1987 SAAB 900 Turbo 16S 2.0L turbo from UK and Ireland


Different, quirky and individual. Great


Gearbox overhaul when I bought it, common fault and cost 500 quid to fix, but I knew this (my second 900 turbo) so I was able to negotiate.

Er, and that's about it. Had some accident damage and needed 30 quid weld for 1st MOT with me.

Second MOT cost £2.50! (bulb and 2 washers to fix a minor fuel leak).

Poor 0-25mph, great 25-125! ;-)

General Comments:

Great car, especially on the motorway. A little small inside for a big car, huge boot.

Am after some shocks now, but for a 150k+ car it is such good value.

After a Rover it's a Rolls. I will buy another when this one dies!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2001

1987 SAAB 900 Saloon 2.0 Bosch i from UK and Ireland


Cost me 600ukp total inc. above repairs. Super


One wheel bearing went but I simply got a secondhand hub and bolted it on for £15 at 150,000m.

Springs are starting to get spongey.

All dash lights don't work.

Slightly sticky electric window on driver's side.

As it stands today - it needs a new front exhaust pipe (which I can fit, it's like Mechano for £30) and a battery. That's it!

General Comments:

Look at my last car. You would think it would be more economical to run.... NARR.

The engine in the SAAB has just broken in. Due to the tweedy jacket lecturer types who drive them and the safety/security aspect, insurance is low, nearly as low as the jeep. Small cars are a false economy (they break). The SAAB was in competition with BMW and MERC at the time and was engineered, not manufactured. I cannot believe I drive it. It looks showroom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2000

1987 SAAB 900 i 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


At around 70,000 miles the car needed a new driveshaft, very unusual and couldn't be explained, at 214,000 miles there is still one original one. The first clutch gave way at 108,000 miles not too bad!

Other than that, a couple of radiators, a water pump, a reconditioned gearbox at 177,000 miles as a long trip to the south of France was looming and there was a slight whine. The cylinder head gasket blew at 195,000 miles as a result of driving 100 miles with little coolant on the motorway, silly really. A replacement cylinder head was needed and the clutch was replaced as well, seemed silly not to. A new set of H.T. leads were required at 200,000 miles.

Currently the car is inoperative although hasn't failed an MOT in 6 years! Much better than the newer 900SE light pressure turbo! Not quite sure what is wrong with it and I'm considering sourcing another engine and gearbox. Although the car does very few miles having since been usurped by the newer car, it did do a 2,000 mile continental trip in 5 days whilst having 209,000 on the clock without missing a beat.

General Comments:

Very good cars, must be as I'm on my fifth and have covered well over 500,000 miles in them with very few problems. The boot is probably one of the best attributes, very few cars even estates can get 2 school trunks in their boot or 200 bottles of Champagne.

Although it isn't that powerful it is a brilliant long distance cruiser, 100 on the motorway without feeling out of breath. It is also very good when the going gets slippery or offroad. The chains bought for the first SAAB have only been used once on the subsequent annual skiing trips to the Alps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2000

1987 SAAB 900 Base 2 door saloon 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Main dealer caused the following faults:

While replacing a leaking water pump, failed to re-tighten alternator bolts, resulting in the alternator parting company from the car. Also, the tools used were left resting on steering rack, which could have caused a serious accident.

When replacing a broken headlight lens, they bent the wiper shaft so that it no longer worked. Also while attaching headlight protectors, they fitted them incorrectly so that one split. Also, it caused the bonnet to open with the car in motion. This is just the beginning of the story.

General Comments:

Main dealer support was appalling.

SAAB GB attitude was unbelievable - they did nothing. In themselves the problems were minor, however taken as a whole, unforgivable. Full story can be found on the web at URL.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st December, 1998